This Day In History: 1905-02-10
“Judge” John Quackenbush died after a short bout with the pneumonia he contracted during the great snowstorm two weeks ago.
He was deputy collector of the Customs for the Port of New York, a post he had held for seven years. Prior to that he held the posts of Entry Clerk 1865-1869, Chief Clerk; 1869-;1897. His post paid an annual salary of $3,000. Before going with the customs he had been a NYC police Justice and was thus always called “Judge” for the rest of his life.
He had always had a lively interest in politics. He had been affiliated with the American or “Know-nothing Party. He then switched to the Republicans and helped found that party in New York. He was present when candidate Abraham Lincoln made his famous Cooper Union speech, which made his reputation in the east.
He was born in Mahwah October 1, 1927 of a pioneer family in the area. When he lost his wife last year, he went to live with another daughter in Ridgewood. Here he died. He was buried in the family plot in the Mahwah Cemetery.